The Venerable Saints Silas, Paisios and Nathan from the Sihăstria Putnei Monastery were celebrated for the first time, on 16 May 2017.
On this historical occasion, His Eminence Teodosie, Archbishop of Tomis, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Sihăstria Putnei together with His Eminence Pimen, Archbishop of Suceava and Rădăuţi, and His Grace Macarie, Romanian Orthodox Bishop of Northern Europe.
Numerous priests from the Archidiocese of Suceava and Rădăuţi, believers from Bukovina and pilgrims from other counties participated at the service celebrated on May 16 2017, doxologia.ro reports.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, Archbisop Teodosie spoke about the remarkable spiritual life of Saints Silas, Paisios and Nathan.
The Archbisop said that a day of light has gathered us today at Sihăstria Putnei, in this precious church, recently built and prepared for these ancient inhabtans of this monastic place, who now live more intensely than when they had lived in their worldy bodies. His Eminence added that these three saints really make up a trinity of ministers, as their akathist reads. The Holy Monastery of Putna is so enriched today!, he exclaimed.
In his sermon, the Hierarch of Tomis offered a prayer, presenting those present with an example of how to address to the venerable saints.
Help us, Holy Venerable Fathers Silas, Paisios and Nathan, to walk only on the path of God, guided by sincere prayer, by the living faith, by strong hope, and by sacrificial love. Let us not separate our soul and heart from God, nor our love from you, our holy brothers, most great victory bearers.
Archimandrite Nectarie Clinci, the abbot of Sihastria Putnei Monastery, spoke of the importance of officializing the canonization of these saints.
Archimandrite Nectarie said that we have honoured the Venerable Fathers Silas, Paisios, and Nathan ever since their relics were discovered in the 90’s, but now we officially have their service, the akathist and the Icon of the Saints.
Translated by Bogdan Neacșiu
Edited by Basilica.ro